Tips for Transitioning from Fall to Christmas Decor

Easy tips and ideas for transitioning from fall to Christmas decor that include using natural elements, lanterns, pine cones, and more.

traditional living room fall to christmas decor transition

Ready or not, here come the holidays! I know some of you may not want to even think about them yet, but for those of you who are ready, I’ve come up with some simple ways to transition your decor from fall to Christmas. Nothing drastic…just easy ways to get the jump on Christmas decorating without waiting until after Thanksgiving. These ideas can be used now, and then tweaked after Thanksgiving with pops of red and fresh greenery.

Tips for transitioning from fall to Christmas decor

Tip #1: begin to put away all your pumpkins, gourds, and Halloween decor.

Even if you aren’t quite ready to let go of autumn, slowly begin to put away any decor that is strictly geared to fall. Replace those items with neutral winter or Christmas accessories. The grain sack cone trees I made several years ago work perfectly for this. Other ideas: wood pine trees & deer, wood or metal spheres, and ironstone.


traditional living room transition from fall to christmas

Tip #2: use neutral accessories that can be transformed with pops of red or green.

Neutral accessories don’t have to be plain or boring. Here are my favorite neutral ways to add texture and interest:

  • woven baskets
  • pine cones
  • preserved natural elements
  • moss balls
  • pomegranates, pears, apples (real or faux)
  • bowls and trays

candle lantern with pine cones

Tip #3: bring out the lanterns and candles.

Lanterns and candles are such an easy and beautiful way to add coziness to any space. They are especially wonderful during the holidays because they add just the right about of ambiance. Leave them neutral for now, and then add greenery, red berries, and ribbon for Christmas.

stack of neutral pillows

Tip #4: adjust the throws and pillows. 

This is super easy and takes no time at all. If you have fall-themed soft furnishings, replace them with something neutral. Neutral doesn’t necessarily have to be white or ivory. Blues and grays can be considered neutral, if they are found elsewhere in your home. For example, I have blue everywhere, so I left out some blue pillows. I may or may not replace them with something red for Christmas…either way, I will be fine because the blue pillows fit in naturally.

grain sack christmas trees on shelf fall to christmas decor

Click for the cone tree tutorial.

Tip #5: put up your tree with just the lights.

This might be a controversial tip, but it’s a great way to get one big chore out of the way before Thanksgiving, especially if you put up a large tree. Not only does it give you more time to enjoy the tree, it also divides the task into smaller chunks. Put the tree up now, decorate it later. I actually didn’t come up with this idea myself. I saw it in the latest issue of Country Home magazine, and it really caught my eye. Not for everyone, but something to consider!

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I have one more transitional decor post and then I’m jumping right into Christmas. I want to get new and fresh holiday ideas to you in plenty of time so no one feels rushed…including me! 

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